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 New Yorkers sick of the tired uncertainties of the urban dating scene can now turn to a new dating app that’s aiming to reduce its complexities to dollars and cents. Ohlala, a controversial on-demand escort dating app popular in Germany, is launching its services today in its first American market, New York City. It was no sooner than Ohlala’s CEO and co-founder… Read More

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 Petcube, which is part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 class, is a young startup that wants to bring together pet care and the connected home to improve the lives of our pets. To do this, the company has raised $2.6 million for their first product, the Petcube Camera. Read More

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 Cambridge-based Elemental Machines is a software simulator startup made for the wet lab that hopes to reduce time and costs associated with drug research through data. It uses data gleaned in the lab to improve experimental reproducibility through simulation and Founders Fund (via FF Angel) thought that a novel enough idea to give Elemental Machines $2.5 million in seed funding. Founders… Read More

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 Lamudi, a real estate listings site backed by Rocket Internet, is in the money today after closing a fresh investment worth €29 million ($31.4 million) to grow its business in Asia and Latin America. Read More

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Thumzap — presuming it can get decent traction with online sellers and app developers — is a pretty neat idea. The U.S.-registered startup, with R&D out of Tel Aviv, has developed a payments platform that reduces the friction for teens, who might not otherwise have a means of paying, to shop online. Read More

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 HTC’s (financial) struggle is real. The Taiwanese tech firm endured another tough quarter of business after it posted a NT$3.4 billion ($101 million) net loss for the period. Total revenue came in at NT$25.7 billion ($766 million), which is up nearly 20 percent quarter-on-quarter but down a 46 percent year-on-year. Read More

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 If you have young children, or your children aren’t so old that you can still remember what a complete and utter pain clunky car seats can be, you might want to acquaint yourself with three-year-old, Ra’anana, Israel-based mifold. The founders of King Digital Entertainment did. In fact, after seeing the Indiegogo campaign of the company and its accompanying video, they reached out… Read More

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 Microsoft today confirmed that it has acquired SwiftKey — a startup based out of London that makes keyboard apps for Android and iOS devices and is already installed and used on some 300 million devices. The terms of the deal are not being disclosed but sources close to the deal tell us it’s $250 million in cash after Microsoft beat out other interested buyers that we’ve… Read More

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 Housejoy, the India-based home services on-demand company backed by Amazon, has made its first acquisition after it snapped up on-demand laundry and cleaning company MyWash. Read More

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 Eventually the whole Shoedazzle / Birchbox etc business model (get outfits, try them out, keep what you like, return the rest) would make it to the men’s market and we’ve seen many such models launch. The twist is that this time is personal, with (I never really believe this, but let’s go with it) an online personal shopper picking out a style for you every time. But I digress. Read More

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 When Salesforce announced it was buying quote-to-cash vendor SteelBrick for $360 million at the end of last year, it came as a surprise. CEO Marc Benioff offered some insight into why he made the purchase at today’s Salesforce Lightning CRM launch event. The move has to be seen in the light of comments made at a Dreamforce press event last fall with Keith Block, who was named COO today. Read More

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 Healthcare investments are booming, and don’t seem to be slowing down. According to CB Insights, digital health funding hit nearly $5.8 billion in venture funding last year, surpassing the previous record of $4.3 billion in 2014. One of the top venture firms, GV (previously known as Google Ventures) recently came out with their year in review, revealing that more than one-third of… Read More

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 Microsoft is understood to be acquiring London-based Swiftkey, the startup which employed artificial intelligence to create a ground-breaking predictive smartphone keyboard, according to sources. The Financial Times is reporting that the deal is “around $250m”. TechCrunch understands the figure is just under that amount. UPDATE: Investor sources say the deal is definitely going… Read More

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 Legacy Republic is removing a big hurdle in its photo digitizing process — putting albums in the mail. YesVideo launched its Legacy Republic initiative back in 2014. The idea is to recruit a freelance workforce of so-called Legacy Makers who help families digitize their photos. Through digitization, the company says it can preserve memories and make it easier to share those pictures… Read More

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 Watching sports could soon be a very different experience — at least if it’s up to Microsoft and the NFL. Before you know it, a holographic player could be charging through your walls and replays could play in 3D on your coffee table. Microsoft today released a new concept for its HoloLens augmented reality goggles that shows off its vision for what the combination of sports and… Read More

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 “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts.” It’s the DryBar promise and has made the beauty chain one of the largest blowout bars in the U.S. But an L.A.-based startup called Treat hopes to tackle DryBar where it believes it is weakest – more blowouts for the same price. Think of it as a sort of ClassPass for getting your hair done. Treat hooks customers up with an unlimited… Read More

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 Here’s a bit of breaking news for your Tuesday afternoon: ZAGG, best known for its line of Invisible Shield screen protectors, is acquiring Mophie, makers of the popular JuicePack line of smartphone battery cases. Zagg will pay $100M for Mophie up front, plus a flexible 12-month earn-out based on Mophie’s performance over the next year. ZAGG says they expect the deal to close… Read More

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 Pinterest. Instagram, Tumblr. The future of the web is visual, but how does anyone make money on that? By understanding what’s in the images people post and connecting them to where you can buy what you see. That’s Curalate’s job. The image recognition marketing startup just raised $27.5 million led by NEA, bringing it to $40 million in total funding. If a picture is worth… Read More

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 Well, we sort of expected this one to happen. After its core Internet business has continued to flounder, Yahoo says it is now exploring “strategic alternatives,” which could imply a number of things — including selling off its core business to another company, as was previously reported. “The Board also believes that exploring additional strategic alternatives, in… Read More

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 Match Group reported its first quarterly earnings since separating from IAC last fall. The company, whose properties include dating sites Match.com, Tinder and OkCupid, saw its revenue rise 12% to $268 million,  yet fell short of analyst expectations of $277 million. Shares fell about 3% in after-hours trading. The company posted adjusted fourth quarter earnings of 24 cents per share,… Read More

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 This afternoon at a big presentation in San Francisco, Salesforce announced a new version of the Lightning CRM platform that includes built-in Wave analytics,  intelligent email from its RelateIQ purchase in July, 2014 and configure-price-quote features from its SteelBrick acquisition at the end of last year. In addition, the company announced a new built-in phone tool allows sales people to… Read More

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 Yahoo confirmed plans today to lay off approximately 15 percent of its workforce. The company also released its its fourth quarter earnings report, with revenue of $1.27 billion and earnings per share of 13 cents. That’s pretty close to analyst estimates — they’d predicted revenue of $1.19 billion and EPS of 13 cents. The Wall Street Journal previously reported that a… Read More

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 IAC just reported its Q4 2015 earnings, missing analysts expectations with revenue of $848.7 million and earnings of $0.75 per share. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.93 cents per share on revenue of $865.49 million. Last year, IAC spun off its dating services, Match Group, which then went public itself in Q4 2015. Although Match Group reported its own results today, IAC included… Read More

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 Each year, Facebook holds a big ol’ developer conference where it announces a few new products, host a bunch of sessions for developers to learn how to work with the various products under Facebook’s watch (WhatsApp, Oculus, Facebook itself, etc.), and everyone drinks a little too much under the guise of networking. Read More

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